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Old 07-15-2016
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Default Return head position to neutral early

Do you suffer from any of these on your next stroke after a breath?

- Poor catch and dropped elbow?
- Can't get the hip drive feeling?

Then the cure is, after taking a breath, return the head to neutral (looking down again) a little earlier than usual.

It's a wonder cure!
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Old 07-15-2016
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Hi Bx,

I don't know if returning the head early after breathing is a wonder cure, but it's the right thing to do. Although there are those that have disagreed with me. Some do keep their head out longer, but have already gotten their air early off the shoulder - that's just fine.

Find your air early (off your shoulder) and return the head to neutral posture reduces head position errors which usually occur during breathing cycle. If you watch your recovery arm pass by your goggles, the breath is *probably* too late and/or too long triggering the low side arm to move for stability keeping head high/buoyant. Also I see swimmers with too long of a breath and recovery arm bangs into head stunting the recovery.

Get it [air] early and get it quick.

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Old 07-16-2016
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totally agree - bite your air and get the head back quick - makes a big difference in your streamline - breathing is such an inconvenience in swimming!
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Hi Stuart,

Yep agreed about head position errors too.

If my head isn't back in neutral soon enough, I can't get my high hip to snap down with any ooomph. With hips in their rotated position and head neutral, it puts the whole core under a slight twist tension.

For years I could never get the hip drive sensation after a breath, until I realised I had to get my head back down sooner. I think it should / could be in the mainstream TI teaching materials!
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Old 07-17-2016
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Stuart is a fan of a quick breath, Suzanne less so I believe. Its a bit personal.
Its an old topic and has been on the swimming radar for some time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqNLMP-dP6o

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